You may not be aware, but often in the Autistic/Neurodiversity community we celebrate the day we found out. This is because we see self knowledge as a good thing. March 17th/St. Patrick's Day is Lady Bug's official identification/diagnosis day, but we celebrate for the whole family. That's because it's also the day that it was... Continue Reading →
I almost had a meltdown/panic attack/break down sobbing in public. Why the hell was I reacting so strongly?
April (Autism Awareness Month) is still most of a month away. But already in groups with autistic adults people are asking about how to survive April.
This is about the only explanation I can come up with that explains family members refusing to admit that a family member is autistic.
"It's okay if you make a mistake [folding origami Yoda for him] because even Dwight makes mistakes some time, and he's an origami MASTER!" Who is this kid, and what did he do with my perfectionist-anxiety Early Bird?! Okay, that's a little bit of an exaggeration; he still deals with perfectionism anxiety from time to... Continue Reading →
When we first told the boys about autism, we framed it as a brain that works differently than most people that comes with Super Powers that others do not have. So when someone recommended in a group a book that says pretty much the same thing, I knew I had to have it. This book... Continue Reading →
If Lady Bug was having a difficult time and melting down a lot, it would totally be considered to be my fault. So why don't I get the credit when things are going well?
This is a thoughtful and well written response to a mistake I made in ignorance in my The Great Divide is an Illusion post. I am grateful that the author took the time to point this out, and urge you to read what they wrote.
I recently read a blog post entitled The Great Divide is an Illusion. The author makes a number of good points about how people at both ends of the Autism Spectrum have shared experiences and have the same disorder. Her opinion is that consequently people with Asperger’s (HFA, ASD level 1, whatever you want to call it) can provide useful insight into what someone with Classic Autism (ASD level 3 etc) is experiencing.
This is all well and good but then she makes the following comment.
If my child were deaf, that would be out of my experience. I could guess and imagine what’s going on with my kid, but until we’re good at signing to each other, I’m going to be somewhat in the dark. The best person who could explain to me what my child is experiencing would be a deaf adult who can read lips or…
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